Alive After Five

August 27, 2010

Two wheeler!!!

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Biking is FUN!!!

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[Being an adult is NOT fun and we spent the afternoon doing adult things like reviewing health insurance policies and LLCs – guf.]

But then Friday really started and we headed downtownnnnnn!!

See my new red + black bike bag? It’s pretty awesome. It snaps onto my rack and I was able to put my whole purse in it (including my DSLR camera) no problem.

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Why We Moved here

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All gone!

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Fridays After Five are such fun. Beer, families, games, squealing kids, music.

Matt had a local brew and I had a Shock Top. We got to talkin’ about how much we love it here.

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Around 7 we got up to seek out dinner on the mall.

We didn’t have to look far – we’ve been wanting to try this Himalayan Fusion place for ages and the atmosphere was never right for our moods. But tonight we knew it was juuuust right.

We sat in the middle of the mall under the trees

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And got to people watch

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For starts we got the Papri Chat

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Which was an amazing blend of sweet vs. savory and creamy vs. crunchy

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And the Peshawari Naan

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Which was like a stuffed pizza crust sweet almonds. Just stuff me with naan, because I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. AMAZINGly delicious!

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For dinner we got something I don’t quite remember – a vegetarian curry of sorts. I think the balls are a combo of potato, cashew and raisin? In a delicious tomato cream sauce

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Plus basmati rice

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I thought the balls were just OK, but the sauce was rich and delicious

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And we got more naan. I think this was called Roti? A whole wheat tortilla-like bread brushed with ghee. It was incredible, and I had a whole piece and called it a night.

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And a delicious night it was!!

Going to relax and read in bed and PREP THE COFFEE MAKER!!!!!!

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1 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Loveeeee Shock Top. Your night looks spectacular… I’m a sucker for naan.


2 barefootgirl August 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm

SOOOOOO jealous!!! looks like you had a blast :) Have fun with the coffee maker!


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Looks like the perfect evening!

We have the same coffee maker as you :) You’re gonna love it!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm

That roti looks fantabulous.


5 Sara @ August 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Ya’ll have the best sounding restaurants up there and they’re all relatively cheap! Athens is getting there, but their restaurant scene is nowhere near as awesome as Charlottesville’s !


6 Chelsea August 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Your new home really seems like it suits yours and Matt’s personalities. I am happy you are enjoying it so much, looks like a really great Friday night to me!


7 Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine August 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

gosh that Indian food looks amazing!! I’m Indian and I’ve never even tried that kind of naan, stuffed with nuts and raisins! DROOL.
The balls in creamy tomato sauce sounds like malai kofta! I looove that stuff :) What a fabulous meal.


8 Wei-Wei August 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

All the naan looks amazing. If I had to pick my favourite carb, it would probably be flatbreads, of all kinds! Doughy and delicious. 😀


9 Lara August 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

yikes don’t bike in flip flops, TERRIBLE for your feet!!


10 Heather August 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

love it! you live in an awesome place, I LOVE utdoor festival type things!


11 erica August 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

looks like a great start to the weekend!!!
i’ve been wanting to try himalayan food…there’s this place by me that i’ve heard a lot of people rave about, but i’m kind of scared. ahahaha.


12 Nicole - yuppie yogini August 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

1. You remind me of a young, cute, not green wicked witch if the west when she rode away with toto in her basket. 😉
2. Being a grown up is good when you get to drink beer!


13 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

:) Love the Wizard of Oz


14 Melissa @ HerGreenLIfe August 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

It hasn’t happened for awhile, but I always used to hear the “wicked witch song” (the one they played when the wicked witch appeared) in my head when I hopped on my bike. It may come back now that I’ve read this 😉


15 Sarah @ EatRunGarden August 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

mmm I love India type food!
Also people watching is fun. :)


16 Meg August 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Coffee! Bikes! Friday! Outdoorsy-ness! HOORAY!


17 hira August 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

paapri chaat is my favorite street food in pakistan, my mom’s homeland. so delicious–and i definitely see the ‘fusion’ come into play with your naan!

that is definitely roti, perfect for scooping. your town looks so charming!


18 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

That food looks amazing — sweet almond pizza crust? Yes please!


19 Lele August 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Mmm the raisin nut naan looks great. There was an Indian place in Boston that in my opinion is overrated but did serve unbelievably delicious COCONUT naan. I feel like that is a highly Kath dish!


20 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:22 am



21 Marieke August 31, 2010 at 7:15 am

Ah bit late, but just catching up. Just had to mention that in the UK peshwari naan is always with coconut, I wonder how this is different in different countries?


22 ashley August 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

malai kofta! try saag panee next!


23 Hannah August 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Sometimes I think that the best thing about Indian food is always the sauce :) It’s definitely the part I look forward to the most!!


24 Kim August 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Have you picked up a reflector or light for the back of your bike? We have a lot of cyclists in my area and it can be so difficult to see them when it starts to get dark and they don’t have anything on the back of their bikes.

It looks like you all had fun. Enjoy your weekend!


25 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

yes, we’ve got major bright blinkers


26 laura August 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I had indian tonight too!!!


27 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Looks like an awesome time! Though, I really, I just ate dinner, and my mouth is watering just looking at your dinner!!


28 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I love naan. That looked like such a fun date night!


29 Ashley C August 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I keep looking at the pictures of the stuffed naan, hoping it will jump out of the page so I can devour it… that looks absolutely delicious!


30 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hhaha the screaming kid in one of your pictures makes me laugh so hard! Looks like a fun second half of the day!


31 emily August 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love your shirt! Do you remember where it’s from?


32 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

Old Navy, methinks


33 Stacey@ August 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I adore naan bread, it is one of the softest most fluffy of breads.


34 ashley August 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

i’ve been a longtime reader, but never left a comment. but i have to now. i definitely want to give you a huuuuuge thank you! my boyfriend is transferring to uva in the fall of 2011, and i was really reluctant to leave our big city surroundings (we live in the dc area now). but your posts about charlottesville have really gotten me (dare i say it?) in the moving spirit, even though it’s next year. so thanks for making me feel better about it – and we can’t wait to be charlottesville great harvest customers!


35 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

Oh fun – you will love it!! It’s definitely not a small town


36 citygirl August 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

I’m sorry, no offense, I’m from NYC. Charlottesville IS indeed a small town. Lovely, but small town no doubt.


37 Dee August 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Ahh, you guys ordered the Kofta Curry! At least it’s called Kofta Curry at the Indian Restaurant I order it from! 😉 And yes, I totally agree with you. The balls are ok, but the creamy curry MAKES the dish. YUM! Mmm. that Roti is looks delish!

And WOW! That’s a lot of people! How cute! You’re making me fall in love with your town without having stepped one foot there! :)


38 Teri August 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Mmmm the food looks delish, especially the naan!

So…I went to my very first Great Harvest store today, and of course you came to mind! haha I munched on a few bites of cinnamon chip…pretty sure it could become an addiction! :) Can’t wait to go back sometime!


39 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

mmmm i’m jealous


40 Mama Pea August 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Were you looking for the Peas when you saw that pink tutu? It’s Gigi’s soul sister!


41 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

You read my mind!


42 nichole August 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Charlotsville’s looks like an incredible town to live – the kinda place I would totally love! Your new bike bag rocks btw.


43 MonsteRawr August 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

You got my attention with Shocktop. Best. Beer. Ever. There is a keg of it in my kitchen as we speak. I guess I’m trying to say that I admire your taste in beer.


44 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 28, 2010 at 2:28 am

All that food sounds so unusual!? Like a stuffed pizza crust with sweet almonds..oohoher!!


45 neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 28, 2010 at 3:26 am

sounds/looks like an awesome meal hmmm! the perfect Friday huh!


46 Simply Life August 28, 2010 at 5:28 am

Oh that restaurant looks delicious – we’ve been trying to learn how to cook more asian meals and it’s definitely a fun adventure! :)


47 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 28, 2010 at 6:24 am

looks like fun, i love trying new restaurants


48 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

Love Shock Top!! My brother introduced me to it and I get so excited when restaurants have it on tap. YUM Indian. One of my favorite ethnic foods!


49 Bethany (One Girl's Taste On Life) August 28, 2010 at 6:46 am

I have the black pinstripe shirt you’re wearing in the festival pictures and I love it! So soft! Love the new bike! I’ve been considering getting one for a while now. Maybe the time is upon me…


50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 28, 2010 at 7:13 am

I love your new town, Kath! It’s so filled with life, people, and awesome food. So fun. 😀


51 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 28, 2010 at 7:48 am

What a lovely way to spend the afternoon! Looks like a great place to live with tons to do. And you bike bag is very cool! :)


52 Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

That is one snazzy looking bike!


53 christina cadden August 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

What a fun place to be!


54 Erica August 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

Looks gorgeous there Kath! So glad to hear you guys are doing well! I can’t wait til you have the new place open! Josh and I drive through there on our way back to where we used to live (when we visit)- we will definitely be stopping by 😉


55 Canadian August 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

Awesome bike! Active transportation is the best.

Are you sure you don’t want to add fenders so a bit of rain or puddles don’t deter you from cycling? I wouldn’t want to be without mine!


56 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

that naan looks so great!


57 Sam August 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hey Kath!

Great post. It looks like the unknown dish you ordered is Malai Kofta, one of my faves that my mother makes on special occasions :)


58 Jessica August 28, 2010 at 11:32 am

Your new bike looks great! Any tips on choosing a helmet? I like yours!


59 Kath August 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

We both have Giros and they have been great.


60 Jac August 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Roti means bread in Malay. But I think it was adapted from India. 😉


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